Mock exam paper C Ordinary Level

PRE–JUNIOR CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION, 2013

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ENGLISH - ORDINARY LEVEL

360 marks

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TIME: 2 ½ HOURS

YOU MUST ANSWER SECTIONS 1, 2, 3, AND 4

YOU MUST ALSO ANSWER ANY TWO OF

SECTIONS 5, 6, AND 7

EACH SECTION CARRIES 60 MARKS

YOU HAVE, ON AVERAGE, 25 MINUTES

FOR EACH SECTION

SECTION 1: READING [60]

Read this passage carefully and answer the questions which follow it.

Gandhi’s early life

The word Mahatma means great soul. This name was not given Gandhi at birth by his parents, but many years later by the Indian people when they discovered they had a Mahatma in their midst.

Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar, a small state in western India. He was named Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The word Gandhi means grocer, and generations earlier that had been the family occupation. But Gandhi's grandfather, father, and uncle had served as prime ministers to the princes of Porbandar and other tiny Indian states, and though lower caste, the Gandhis were middle-class, cultured, and deeply religious Hindus.

Gandhi remembered his father as truthful, brave, incorruptible, and short-tempered, but he remembered his mother as a saint. She often fasted for long periods, and once, during the four months of the rainy season, ate only on the rare days that the sun shone.

At the age of six Gandhi went to school in Porbandar and had difficulty learning to multiply. The following year his family moved to Rajkot where he remained a mediocre student, so sensitive that he ran home from school for fear the other boys might make fun of him.

When Gandhi was thirteen, he was married to Kasturbai, a girl of the same age. Child marriages, arranged by the parents, were then common in India, and since Hindu weddings were elegant, expensive affairs, the Gandhi family decided to marry off Gandhi, his older brother, and a cousin all at one time to spare the cost of three separate celebrations.

At first the thirteen-year-...

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